Earth & Alchemy

Stephen D. Paine Gallery | Massart

621 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115

September 24-December 24, 2012

Earth & Alchemy celebrates contemporary ceramic sculpture and showcases a cross-generational selection of nearly two dozen influential artists. Exploring a range of ideas encompassing conceptualism, social activism, materiality, and humor, this exhibition presents a survey of approaches to ceramics that often push the boundaries of one of the world’s oldest media. Whether through expansive sculptures, extraterrestrial installations, or fantastical vessels, the artists included in the exhibition have developed novel techniques—such as using oven-baked backyard clay covered with house paints, layering slip over glaze to create richly textured and encrusted surfaces, or silk-screening digital imagery onto porcelain. Earth & Alchemy examines the depth and range of ceramic practice today—a macrocosm of clay.

A great blog set up in conjunction with the exhibition

Earth & Alchemy Blog


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